Unity College’s board of trustees has named Dr. Melik Peter Khoury as permanent president.

Khoury has been serving as interim president since Jan. 3. His appointment as permanent president was announced Friday and took effect immediately.

John Newlin, chairman of the board of trustees, cited Khoury’s leadership results and bold vision as key factors in making the appointment.

“A year ago we set some very high expectations for Dr. Khoury,” Newlin said. “The truth is, Melik and the team he has assembled (have) met and significantly exceeded those lofty goals.”

Khoury said Unity College is in a position to help redefine higher education at a small, private college.

“I am thrilled to be a part of that undertaking and appreciate the board of trustees’ confidence in me,” he said.

Khoury started at Unity in 2013 as senior vice president for external affairs, after positions at Upper Iowa University; Culver Stockton College in Canton, Missouri; Paul Smith’s College in New York; and the University of Maine at Fort Kent. While at Unity, he has also been executive vice president and chief financial officer and last year took on the role of chief academic officer.

He is Unity’s 11th president.